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An addictive, edge-of-your-seat thriller filled with the hallmark elements that made New York Times bestselling author Sidney Sheldon—"the master of the story-telling game" (People)—an international legend: shocking twists, money, power, and betrayal involving an influential family and the beautiful and formidable woman at its center whose dark secrets can destroy them all.

The conservative party's newest superstar, Alexia De Vere has worked hard to realize her political ...

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Overview

An addictive, edge-of-your-seat thriller filled with the hallmark elements that made New York Times bestselling author Sidney Sheldon—"the master of the story-telling game" (People)—an international legend: shocking twists, money, power, and betrayal involving an influential family and the beautiful and formidable woman at its center whose dark secrets can destroy them all.

The conservative party's newest superstar, Alexia De Vere has worked hard to realize her political ambitions. The brilliant and ruthless wife of wealthy aristocrat Teddy De Vere, Alexia relishes her power and the control it gives her to shape and destroy lives.

Yet success has also demanded sacrifice. Her daughter, Roxie, a bitter young woman confined to a wheelchair after a failed suicide attempt, blames Alexia for ruining her life. Alexia's dashing son, Michael, is risking the family's good name to jump-start his entre-preneurial dreams. Thankfully, Alexia has Teddy, her devoted husband who will stop at nothing to protect her.

But beneath Alexia De Vere's gilded life and formidable facade lie secrets that are ugly, dirty, and deadly. When long-buried mistakes of her youth begin to resurface, old hatreds are rekindled and Alexia finds herself on the brink of losing everything—her power, her family, and even her own life. Now the woman who rose so high is on the brink of a perilous fall. For when the tides of memory rise, the only thing that might save her is the truth. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Death by drowning, secret pasts, dirty politics, beautiful, ambitious women, and ice-cold killers distinguish Bagshawe's dynamic novel, commissioned by the late Sheldon's family and written in his style. As counselors at the tony Kennebunkport camp, privileged party-girl Toni Gilletti and her blue-color lover Billy Hamlin are present during a young camper's tragic drowning. Trumped-up charges lead to Billy's conviction for murder. Racked with guilt, Toni leaves home, reinventing and sanitizing her past. Years later in England, Alexia De Vere's surprise appointment as Home Secretary shakes up Parliament's old boys' club. As the second most powerful politician in England, Alexia must battle daily with myriad enemies: jealous colleagues, rowdy protesters, a mysterious stalker, a threat from her past, ruthless Russian oligarchs, and the unknown person who poisoned her dog. Rattled by escalating events aimed at derailing her career, yet bolstered by the support of her aristocratic husband, Teddy De Vere, and her best friend, Lucy Meyer, Alexia continues her work, even as she struggles with the tragic circumstances of her children, Roxie and Michael. Bagshawe (Mistress of the Game) keeps the action refreshingly unpredictable, revealing key connections and duplicity in delicious "aha!" moments. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Picked by the estate of blockbuster author Sheldon to continue his work, Bagshawe (Adored) turns out a tale of high society, high finance, and top government circles where the glitter hides the dirt. At its heart is the De Vere family, whose members glide gracefully among grand homes in London and Oxfordshire and on Martha's Vineyard but will soon see old family hatreds and the indiscretions of youth come damagingly to the fore. With a one-day laydown on April 9 and a 125,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Reviews
The idle rich and the politically connected meet. The novel is a blend of romance and intrigue, with smatterings of from-the-headlines topicality: A middle-aged British woman who has risen to power in the government gets herself in hot water (and thus "couldn't look at water without feeling a shudder of foreboding"), while the mates of the (perhaps) falsely accused lad on whose shoulders she has risen and nearly fallen swear that she'll get hers. Meanwhile, across the waters, callous young men are enjoying lobster rolls while trolling on daddy's yacht and dreaming of "satin crotchless panties." Natch, these worlds have to meet. The writing is true to formula and makes a good simulacrum of Sheldon's well-known ham-fistedness: "Not only were Patel's supporters threatening and aggressive, but the tabloid press, and in particular the Daily Mail, wittered on about the man as if he were Ghandi." (Presumably, they're twittering on about him as if he were Gandhi, but no matter.) Worse: "She was so nervous, her teeth began to chatter." Worse yet: "Summer felt her tiredness lift and her misery of only a few hours ago evaporate like raindrops in the sun." Suitable for readers with middling hopes and low expectations but much inferior to other genre peers, Patterson included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062073464
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 82,890
  • Product dimensions: 4.42 (w) x 6.62 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Sidney Sheldon

The novelist and screenwriter Sidney Sheldon remains one of the world’s top bestselling authors, having sold more than 300 million copies of his books. Are You Afraid of the Dark? was his most recent in a long line of huge hits on bestseller lists everywhere. He is also the only writer to have won an Oscar, a Tony, and an Edgar Award. The Guinness Book of World Records heralds him as the most translated author in the world. Sidney Sheldon passed away on January 30, 2007.

Tilly Bagshawe is a New York Times best-selling author. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and London with her husband and children.

Biography

Best known today for his exciting blockbuster novels, Sidney Sheldon was the author of The Best Laid Plans, Nothing Lasts Forever, The Stars Shine Down, The Doomsday Conspiracy, Memories of Midnight, The Sands of Time, Windmills of the Gods, If Tomorrow Comes, Master of the Game, Rage of Angels, Bloodline, A Stranger in the Mirror, and The Other Side of Midnight. Almost all of them were number-one international bestsellers. His first book, The Naked Face, was acclaimed by the New York Times as "the best first mystery of the year" and received an Edgar Award. Most of his novels became major feature films or TV miniseries, and there are more than 275 million copies of his books in print throughout the world.

Before he became a novelist, Sheldon had already won a Tony Award for Broadway's Redhead and an Academy Award for The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer. He has written the screenplays for twenty-three motion pictures, including Easter Parade (with Judy Garland) and Annie Get Your Gun. In addition, he penned six other Broadway hits and created three long-running television series, including Hart to Hart and I Dream of Jeannie, which he also produced. A writer who delighted millions with his award-winning plays, movies, novels, and television shows, Sidney Sheldon reigned as one of the most popular storytellers of all time.

Author biography courtesy of Time Warner.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Sheldon:

"When I was 17, I was happy to be working in a drugstore, because I could steal enough sleeping pills to commit suicide."

"I have bi-polar syndrome and was not aware what was disturbing me until I received an Academy Award and went to see a psychiatrist."

"I have worked 7 days a week as long as I can remember. A business manager of mine gave me $25 worth of tennis lessons. I went down to my tennis court and we played once a week. I really enjoyed it. Playing with the pro one day, my teacher said to me that the money had been spent and did I want to continue. I started to say yes, then I realized that I didn't want to be out on the tennis court. I wanted to be in my office writing. That was 25 years ago and I haven't been on my tennis court since."

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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 11, 1917
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      January 30, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Thank you for one last story

    Sidney Sheldon was my favorite author. This book reminded me of how much his spinning tales intrigued me. Like a gift from afar! Thank you!

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    MPo

    Excellent, no, but it does keep you reading. I would give it 3 1/2 MPo

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    The author has written a masterpiece. This is a great thriller f

    The author has written a masterpiece. This is a great thriller from start to finish.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    A Good Read

    I have always enjoyed Sidney Sheldon's books and this is no exception. Tilly Bagshawe has been able to capture his style of writing and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Great book!!!!!

    An almost true writing like Sidney Sheldon would write. Twists and turns and you will never guess the end. Highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2013

    A mystery cum thriller that continues to puzzle to the very en



    A mystery cum thriller that continues to puzzle to the very end. Sheldon's characters cover all the bases: youthful love and exuberance, power, privelege and class, deceit, jealousy, and hatred all on two sides of the Atlantic. Most of the story takes place in England revolving around Alexia De Vere, wife of artistocrat Teddy De Vere who has been appionted to the powerful office of home secretary. What secrets is she hiding that could destroy everything.

    A good read that keeps you attention to the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Slightly less than...

    Less than thrilling, maybe? Something is missing in this suspense / mystery. I kept reading it, so it was readable, but nothing special.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Ok

    I would have gave it five stars if it wasn't so back & forth. Good story line though.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    The book was pretty good until the end, which is unbelievable.  

    The book was pretty good until the end, which is unbelievable.  I know it is fiction, but most other authors at least get their judicial facts correct.  SS Would have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Wonderful!!!!!!!!

    OMG!!!!!!!!!! I highly recommend.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    i loved it

    very suspenseful.....builds you up the a wild ending.....Sheldon books live on

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Bunnie

    U live in Murrieta,CA

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    great story

    Can't give 5 stars. Was a great story but the beginning was a little hard to follow. I like to read crime and mystery novels because I don't care for the detailed "bed" descriptions and this could have DEFINITELY done without that in this book. I skipped over and didn't lose any part of the plot by doing so. Why do authors do that? Plot was great loved to hate the main character. Did seem to leave one part unanswered or forgotten maybe. Last half of book was a page turner stayed up way to late to finish did guess the ending though.

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  • Posted July 31, 2013

    A good read!

    As a lover of all Sidney Sheldon books, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this one written by Tilly Bagshawe. I must say I wasn't disappointed! All the aspects I had come to expect from Sidney were there - intrigue, mystery, sex, thrills and lots of twists and turns. Glad someone is willing to carry on the legacy left by Sheldon - let's hope Tilly continues to give us more to read!

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  • Posted July 26, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    High praise for this wonderful thriller set against the world of

    High praise for this wonderful thriller set against the world of politics. The writing is top notch and totally addictive. The story unfolds at the perfect pace to keep you turning the pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    enjoyed

    This book kept my attention. I enjoyed the story and plot. It is not the same as Sheldon but I loved reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    WOW!!!!!!

    For years i have been waiting for a good story, like the ones
    Sidney Sheldon wrote , this is one.
    This book is that good,I would have it a 10 but you only have 5tars

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